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Ken Bond is World’s Chief Corporate Development Officer for all three of World’s businesses—retail insurance, retirement plan and wealth management services, and specialty insurance—and will lead all M&A functions for the firm.

Ken has 30+ years in strategic planning and corporate development with expertise building and leading M&A activities including establishing global corporate development processes, governance protocols, valuation methodologies, artifacts and templates, metrics, and project management offices. He architects multi-billion dollar transactions from start to finish, including sourcing, valuation, pricing, structuring, negotiation, due diligence, contracting, integration, and program management.

Prior to World, Ken served as the SVP head of corporate development at Cetera Financial Group, a Genstar Capital portfolio company, where he oversaw M&A activity for a $6 billion wealth management platform, and he previously had a long-standing career at Aon plc as its SVP corporate development where he led M&A activity for the firm’s $12 billion Commercial Risk and Health Solutions businesses in Chicago and London. Ken got his start in the United States Navy where he was ultimately a Lieutenant, Nuclear Submarine Officer.

Ken holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a dual major in Finance and Strategic Management; an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from The Naval Nuclear Power School; and a B.S. in Physics from Creighton University. He is a member of the M&A Leadership Council for Transaction Advisors Institute, an advisory board member for M&A Science, and a board member for Prosperity Advisors LLC, CCR Wealth Management, NetVest Financial LLC, and Pinnacle Wealth Management LLC. Ken is also a mentor for American Corporate Partners, a career mentoring program for military veterans transitioning to the civilian sector.

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